Server blade market revenues up 43.4% in Q1 2006

The server blade market showed continued growth in Q1 2006, with factory revenue gaining 43.4% YTY and shipments increasing by 29.5% YTY, according to IDC. Overall, bladed servers, including both x86 and RISC blades, accounted for $591 mln in Q1 2006, representing 5.0% of quarterly server market revenue. IBM maintained the #1 spot in the server blade market, with 40.1% market share, while HP maintained the #2 position with 35.6% share. Dell holds the #3 position with 11.1% share of factory blade revenues and growing nearly twice the rate for blades overall.